Decades ago, I read an insight by Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic philosopher and theologian, “You can be right. You can be dead right and bring death to everyone around you”. These words stripped bare my arrogance, profoundly affecting the way I expressed my faith to others and especially the way I wrote about the Catholic…… Continue reading Catholic Writers- How To Avoid Being Dead Right
Some Catholic authors write as if they belong to a Church Beleaguered, not the Church Triumphant. Articles tend to be either defensive or angry attacks against adversaries. Many religious writers retreat, focusing only on like-minded souls, writing for a small, mutual admiration society. The rest are tempted to quit when it seems like the world is…… Continue reading Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write
In his new book, A Storyteller’s Guide to a Grace-Filled Life, Tony Agnesi connects with ordinary folks because he writes in a straightforward way, using everyday vocabulary in an authentic and down-to-earth voice. The resulting collection of 75 stories are not only appealing and charming, they pack a powerful punch, triggering self-reflection and a desire to grow in the…… Continue reading A Storyteller’s Guide to a Grace-Filled Life
I have worked with Pete Socks online for years. Pete is an example of someone who volunteered to serve the Church by writing articles on his blog and for online Catholic sites without pay for years till God opened the door to a full-time paying job creating Catholic podcasts and helping manage BreadBox Media. He…… Continue reading From Writing Blog Posts and Making Podcasts to Full-Time for God
The Power of Images To Change Lives Marie Constantin, the photographer, and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused…… Continue reading For the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend
Meeting God in the Upper Room: Three Moments to Change Your Life (Servant, 2017) is a compelling, well-written narrative which engages the interest of modern readers while explaining traditional Catholic teaching and history at the same time. Msgr. Peter Vaghi reveals a unique talent to pierce the hearts of modern Catholics with his honest, personal reflections on the…… Continue reading Book Review: Meeting God in the Upper Room
To evangelize is to make the Kingdom of God present in our world- Pope Francis
I love writing. I love connecting to the Holy Spirit deep inside my core self and simply allowing words to flow
I turn my eyes to the child Jesus in silent expectation, waiting to be filled with light and hope.
I do not want to simply rattle off this response at every Mass; instill trust in You in the very fabric of my soul.
Last year in 2015, I recorded two interviews for Catholic radio shows. Now you can actually hear my voice and learn more about my faith and life as a convert. Here is a radio interview I did with Elizabeth Reardon, last year on her show on Breadbox Media: An Engaging Faith Featuring Melanie Jean Juneau…… Continue reading Elizabeth and Allison Both Interviewed Melanie on BreadBox Media
Aslan says that he is known by many names, in many lands and that they will have to discover him and find out his name in their own world.
Let us witness in love, without sinning against those who have yet to experience the joy of the Eucharist or a deep relationship with their Heavenly Mother.
Sometimes it seems theologians love to write circles around the average Christian. Sometimes words merely complicate the simplicity of the inexplicable. Othertimes, theologians can laugh at themselves. I rarely remember even the simplest joke but I have never forgotten this intellectual, theological joke told 30 years ago by a Jesuit priest in front of a…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Theology Simplified
The second Catholic Conference 4 Moms: Faces of Mercy is coming up in February. It is hard to find childcare or travel to a conference, so Tami brings the Catholic Conference 4 Mom right to us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao1brOdBepw The 2016 “Faces of Mercy” Catholic Conference 4 Moms will offer: 20+ all new popular presenters and presentations (see them…… Continue reading Catholic Conference 4 Moms : Faces of Mercy with Tami Kiser
The irreplaceable role of grandparents in the lives of children.
As I read the pope’s opening words of praise for Africa, a scene from the colourful mass at Nairobi University, Kenya, flashed through my mind. Despite the cold, rain and mud, the faithful sang with gusto, often ululated a high pitched trilling sound as if they could hardly contain their joy. They swayed to the…… Continue reading Pope Francis Reflects on His African Visit
A friend sent me the most amusing video, a song composed by a family of 12 , sung to the tune of the Christmas carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas”. It is hilarious because I have heard all these phrases for decades. listen and enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWzycOUrIYo The very existence of a joyful mother of nine…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: “Are They All Yours?”
Pope Francis is capturing the media’s attention with his visit to Cuba and the United States this week. So, a young woman currently working as a journalist in New York City, who is part of Columbia University’s M.S. program, interviewed me over the phone on Monday about Pope Francis’ announcement regarding abortion forgiveness for women. My…… Continue reading Do You Agree With Abortion Forgiveness?
The challenge is to witness to the validity of our Catholic spirituality with a mature love, without stooping to ridicule our Protestant brothers. It is God who converts and convicts; we are simply called to tell our stories and to pray. Then our sinfulness will not hinder any move of God I am proud to…… Continue reading Catholic Writers: Stand Up for the Truth in LOVE